The new PlayStation 5 controller – DualSense – is already running on Steam. Valve announced support for the controller over the weekend. It is available to players who have joined the public beta for the Steam desktop client, with a recent release coming soon
DualSense support comes thanks to an update from the Steam client itself, which means that any game using the Steam Input API can now use DualSense. “No developer updates required, it just works,” says Valve. Developers can include DualSense LED features, a trackpad, rumble and gyroscope, and players can configure them for PC versions of PlayStation 4 games such as Death and Horizon: Zero dawn.
As for whether the players actually use gamepad for their Steam games, Valve says yes, they really do! “In the last two years, the number of average-day users playing a Steam game with a controller has more than doubled,”
Growth in the use of the gamepad is particularly high among PlayStation controllers, which has gone from 10.9% of games played with a controller to 21.6% in the last two years.
DualSense arrived with the PlayStation 5 on November 12; our review called it a “literal player to change the game” thanks to its new haptics, “adaptive triggers” whose resistance can mimic in-game effort, and the use of the internal speaker to complement the world’s audio.